EASE OF TRAINING ••
GOOD WITH KIDS ••••••••••
LIFE SPAN 12-15 YEARS
HEIGHT 12 IN. OR LESS AT SHOULDERS
WEIGHT 11-16 POUNDS
USE TODAY EARTH DOG
The Bichon-Frise is an incredibly cheerful little dog who loves to be the center of attention.
He likes to think he runs the household, and will want to be at your heels or in your lap at all times.
They are naturally gentle, intelligent, playful, and happy.
They make a good family dog, but many breeders do not recommend they live in homes with small children, because the children could easily accidentally injure them. And if harassed by a child, a Bichon Frise will get snappy.
They do, however, get along well with other household pets, as long as they get lots (and lots) of their human's attention.
They do not do well being alone for hours at a time, and can start to chew at their own skin and fur out of distress.
They can also bark out of boredom and loneliness, which will not necessarily endear him to your neighbors.
Speaking of barking, the Bichon Frise is good at it, and will bark often. They have great hearing and will bark at everything.
They do not need lots of exercise, but will require regular short walks.
They are social dogs and like to get out and about and see people.
The Bichon Frise does best with a loving, patient owner, as they are notoriously slow to housetrain.
The Bichon Frise is not that easy to house train. Although he will learn everything you teach him, he learns new commands at a slower rate. You will need lots of patience to train him.
White with cream and apricot shadings permissible
The Bichon Frise sheds practically no hair at all. You'll virtually never find a hair in your home!
Pet coat (less work): Cut his coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed every so often.
Show coat (more work): Professionally groom his coat to the breed standard. Brush it daily
• Notorious housebreaking difficulties
• "Separation anxiety" (destructiveness and barking) when left alone too much
• Shyness in some lines, or when not socialized enough